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What is HOPS in the PARK?

A one-of-a-kind, premiere
harvest festival in
Chesterfield County, Virginia

November 11th, 2017
12 noon to 6 p.m.

Hosted by the
Henricus Historical Park

What do you get when you take a living history museum on the bluffs of the James River, 20+ Virginia craft breweries, meaderies, and cideries, a Virginia Grown Farmers Market, food vendors and live music?

You get HOPS in the PARK, sponsored by Capital Ale House, RJ Smith Companies, Haley Buick GMC, Emerson Companies, Trinkin, Chesterfield Farm Bureau, Wegman’s, Cintas, and Chesterfield Economic Development!

HOPS in the PARK is a one-of-a-kind, premiere harvest festival in Chesterfield County that celebrates the farmers, the manufacturers and the CONSUMERS of food and drink made in and FROM the soils and waters of the Commonwealth of Virginia!

November 11th, 2017
12 p.m to 6 p.m

On Saturday, November 11th, 2017, The Citie of Henricus opens its doors to the public for the third annual HOPS in the PARK Harvest Festival, to benefit the Henricus Historical Park Children’s Education Fund and The Old Dominion Hops Cooperative.

Visitors will have the opportunity to try beer, cider or mead that celebrate Virginia agriculture.

Each brewery, cidery or meadery must use at least one Virginia-harvested product in their beer, cider or mead to participate in the HOPS in the PARK festival.

Check out this video with some scenes from last year!

2017 HOPS in the PARK Sponsors

HOPS in the PARK is a special harvest festival event hosted by Henricus Historical Park.

HOPS in the PARK is proud to be sponsored by Capital Ale House, RJ Smith Companies, Emerson Companies, Haley Buick GMC, Chesterfield Farm Bureau, Trinkin, Wegman’s, Cintas, and Chesterfield Economic Development.

Enjoy Great Food!

Food trucks will be on site cooking up delicious foods to enjoy with your beer.

For those that really want to immerse themselves, purchase a VIP pass and enjoy a food and beverage experience in the tavern and Mount Malady! You can be sure there will be plenty of great rustic foods from Virginia.

Capital Ale House will hosting a VIP experience inspired by the people that once called Henricus home.

Virginia Grown Farmer’s Market

Unkol Chuck’s Brunswick Stew

Bernie’s Baked Goods

Do the Jerk-ey!

Beach Crafts

Po River Apiary

Bloody’s by Buzz

Matt’s Dirty Pickles

Burnette’s Baked Goods

Cocoa Manna

Goats R Us

Lammar Marie’s Popcorn

BS Grillin’ Company

Jenz Bars

Moonshine Soaps

Food Trucks and Vendors

Daddy G’s Salsa

Gregory’s Grill

Espresso A Go Go

Carytown Burgers & Fries

VIP Tickets Now on Sale!

Capital Ale House is proud to announce they are again offering a VIP experience at Hops In The Park.

VIP Ticket packaging includes:

  • VIP Parking
  • Private Indoor Bathrooms
  • Expanded Outdoor and Indoor VIP Space
  • Limited Edition Mug with One Free Pour
  • 6 Beer Tickets
  • Specialty Craft Beers Exclusive to VIP
  • Hearty Rustic Food Platter
  • Artisan Appetizer Buffet

Virginia Craft Breweries, Meaderies, and Cideries

Adroit Theory Brewing Co.

Ardent Craft Ales

Black Heath Meadery

Bold Rock Hard Cider

Brothers Craft Brewing

Devils Backbone Brewing Co.

Extra Billy’s Brewery

Fine Creek Brewing Company

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Heroic Aleworks

Isley Brewing Company

James River Brewery

Kindred Spirits Brewing

Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

Midnight Brewery

O’Connor Brewing Co.

Old Bust Head Brewing Co.

Starr Hill Brewery

Steam Bell Beer Works

Strangeways Brewing

Three Notch’d Brewing Co.

Enjoy Music, History
and More!

At HOPS in the PARK, visitors can talk with re-enactors about what it was like to live on the banks of the James River in the early 1600’s. Learn about Sir Thomas Dale, Pocahontas or just enjoy the views of the James River!

If that weren’t enough, you’ll be able to listen to live music while you explore the park! Sit by a fire with friends and enjoy a harvest ale in one of the thatched roof buildings and get to know the “residents” of the park.

Musical Acts at HOPS in the PARK

On the bluff from 3 to 6pm

Jackass Flats

Inside the English Settlement from 12 to 1:30pm

Markiss Blowfish

Inside the English Settlement from 1:30 to 3pm

Rick Hollowell

Learn About

Virginia Hops and Brewing!

Learn all about Virginia hops with Old Dominion Hops Cooperative! Visit the Henricus Church/Meeting Hall throughout the day for a showcase on Virginia hops and find out how you can get involved.

Sponsored by RJ Smith Companies.

Henricus interpreters along with Mentoring Advances Standards of Homebrewing (M.A.S.H.) will be demonstrating homebrewing then and now. Join them at Proctor’s Plantation!

Free Admission to
HOPS in the PARK!

There is no admission to attend HOPS in the PARK. Credit, debit and cash will be accepted for food and beverages. ATMs will be available.

Beer tickets: $2 for a 4oz. tasting and $6 for a 12oz. pour.

However, VIP tickets are available if you want something extra special!

There is onsite parking and a shuttle service that will transport visitors to and from nearby Dominion Power and RJ Smith parking lots.

Bring the family and help us celebrate all things Virginia in the second permanent successful settlement in the new world!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hops in the Park?
Hops In The Park is a one-of-a-kind, premiere harvest festival that celebrates the farmers, manufacturers and consumers of food and drink made in and from the soils and waters of the Commonwealth of Virginia. There will be beer tasting, a Virginia farmer’s market, food trucks, live music, and history!

When and where is the third annual hops festival?
Saturday, November 11th from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Henricus Historical Park is a living history museum located at 251 Henricus Park Road in Chester, Virginia.

What is the focus of this event and what can I expect?
This is a Virginia focused festival that highlights Virginia hops, agriculture, and craft brew. You can expect a darn good time meeting the most talented beer makers in Virginia. Naturally, it would not be a party without delicious local fare, Virginia historians, and outstanding music. Henricus interpreters along with Mentoring Advances Standards of Homebrewing (M.A.S.H.) will be demonstrating homebrewing then and now, and the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative will be presenting a showcase on Virginia Hops. It’s perfectly reasonable to expect to create memories that last a lifetime at Henricus Historical Park – a living history museum located in the heart of Virginia.

How much does this festival cost?
The admission to Hops in the Park is FREE. Beer tickets, Virginia products, and food trucks will offer their goods at reasonable prices. Beer tickets: $2 for a 4oz. tasting and $6 for a 12oz. pour.

But worry not—there is a VIP opportunity! VIP tickets are $55.00 and include: VIP parking,  indoor restrooms, entry and seating in the tavern, 6 beer tickets, exclusive handcrafted stoneware beer mug that includes one free beer, and a wide array of rustic food.

Will there be anything for the designated driver?
YES! There will be plenty of non-alcohol beverages to go along with tasty local food. Not to mention, interesting conversations with Henricus historians, music, and more!

Is there a special event parking lot?
There are satellite lots located on Coxendale Road and Old Stage Road, both within two miles of the event. Parking lots open at 11:45 a.m. and free shuttles will consistently run from 11:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. All VIP ticket holders must present their pass to access the VIP lot located at the front entrance of Henricus Historical Park.

Is there an ATM?
So glad you asked! Yes, though we will be accepting both cash and credit/debit. For your convenience, there will be an ATM machine on site.

Do I need an I.D.?
Absolutely. You must show a valid I.D. to purchase beer tickets and consume alcoholic beverages. It’s the law.

Can the entire family attend this event?
Henricus Historical Park is quite fond of children. As a matter of fact, we have many special events and education programs all year round geared towards our young friends. Our education team has created a variety of kid-friendly activities during Hops In The Park. So throw the strollers in the trunk and come on out!

Can I bring my beloved fury friend?
While we love animals, there will be large crowds and live music at this event. Please leave your pets at home.

Will there be food and non-alcoholic beverages available?
Indeed. You will be able to purchase a variety of food and drinks from numerous Richmond area vendors. We highly recommend you bring cash for all transactions— along with your appetite!

Can I bring lawn chairs and blankets?
Absolutely! The bluff at Henricus Historical Park overlooks the mighty James River and we have plenty of space to relax and enjoy live music.

Is there a Smoking Policy?
In an effort to ensure the safety and good health of all of our guests, we respectfully ask that you do not smoke inside the Citie of Henricus and Indian Village. Feel free to step outside the palisade walls to enjoy your tobacco products. We ask that you smoke responsible. This is a historical site after all!

Notice to Intoxicated Patrons
All festival attendees are expected to drink responsibly. Any guest who is believed to be intoxicated when entering the festival will be denied entry and no refunds will be provided. Additionally, any attendee who is found intoxicated or causing general disturbances will be escorted out of the facility by security. Like any other festival or party, we kindly suggest that you elect a designated driver for this event.

Need More Info?

Want to be a vendor at HOPS in the PARK?

Have a beer with Virginia grown ingredients?

Want to be a sponsor of HOPS in the PARK?

Contact Us! info@hopsinthepark.com

Join us on Saturday, November 11th, 2017!

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Henricus Historical Park
251 Henricus Park Road
Chester, Virginia 23836